Ms. Marvel has been an entirely different Marvel show on Disney+. It does not follow the pacing of previous properties and definitely beats to it’s own drum. Though episode 5 was not fast paced and full of action, it provided answers to Kamala’s past and a way forward into the future.
Into the Past:
Marvel took the time to not only depict the Partition, but provided education and context to the conflict. We are taken back to the Partition and find Aisha (Mehwish Hayat) and Hasan (Fawad Kahn) as they meet and build a family together.
Hasan grows roses, but is finding it hard to sell his flowers as he believes that he is being avoided because he is Muslim. He cannot even buy basic food for his family.
Aisha, content with her new family is confronted with her past as Najma gives her until sundown the next day to return the bracelet. Aisha then convinces Hasan to leave their home in hopes of a new life and escape from her past.
While heading to find a place on the train, Aisha falls behind, Sana (Zion Usman) is separated from Hasan, and Kamala appears. Aisha is confronted by Najma and is fatally stabbed. Kamala finds Aisha and is made aware that she was brought to that moment to save her young grandmother. Kamala is given the encouragement she needs to make a difference, and is able to find and send young Sana back to her father using her powers.
Return to the Present:
As Kamala returns to the present, a gate has opened from Najma stabbing the bracelet. One of the Clan Destine attempt to enter the gate only to be encased in stone and reduced to bones. Kamala focuses on saving people in harms way, and pleads with Najma to help close the gate. Najma appears to agree and sacrifices herself to close the gate, but not before transferring her power to Kamran a continent away.
Kamala’s heroic acts are seen by her Mother and Grandmother. With Kamala’s secret out, Muneeba is able to understand all of the strange behavior that she has witnessed from her daughter. It is also a time for Muneeba to realize that Sana (Samina Ahmed) was not crazy about their family being magic.
This episode had more to do with the healing needed with Kamala’s family, breaking down stigmas, and bringing to light the truth that was avoided out of shame when it needed not to be. The end of the episode does its part to build suspense for the finale episode. With the pacing of this series, Ms. Marvel feels more well rounded and has taken more care to build the world around our hero. There is much more story to tell than the next episode would be able to handle, but with Kamala Khan being here to stay, we have plenty of time to explore those avenues at a later time.
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